Juvenile Detention: Why We Don’t Care and Why We Should

We’ve had a search engine dream to find two things:  Who in hell invented louvered windows and who first said “Lock ‘em up and throw away the key.”  Although they both still prevail, both concepts seem hopelessly outdated in the 21st Century.

Until they can afford a retrofit most residents can live with those drafty louvers, but I’m not so sure about the “throw away the key” mantra proffered by strict law-and-order advocates.   It’s almost like a cheer that goes up every time a juvenile is sentenced to life without parole. (more…)


University Students Lead the Charge Against Sexual Assault

This fall, when University of Southern California incoming freshmen browse the Neon Tommy website they’ll be greeted with an open letter to them by Alexa Schwartz, co-founder of USC’s Student Coalition Against Rape [SCAR], a group of student and faculty rape survivors and activists who are dedicated to changing the culture of rape on campus.

Back in the day, a breaking scandal could be hidden in the newspaper’s Saturday edition page 3, but today, the headline, USC Mislabels Sexual Assault to Keep Crime Numbers Low; Clery Complaint Says, is jet-streaming across the web.  As the story soars, it’s evident that there is a growing culture of strength as Millennials take a stand against sexual violence in any form, for any reason, at any time, under any circumstance.  (more…)